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Bolivar Police officers stand watch after a shooting early Monday morning left one man dead and one man on the run.

The Bolivar Police Department has a suspect, who alleged shot and killed a man in Bolivar early Monday morning, in custody.

Polk County Coroner Melissa Britton identified the victim as 35-year-old Josh Phillips.

A Hispanic man who matched a previously released description was arrested at around 9:30 a.m. in the 100 block of College Street without incident, a police department news release said.

Chief Mark Webb said the location of the arrest is "just about two blocks from where the shooting happened."

The release said members of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Division of Drug and Crime Control, MSHP Swat members, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Polk County Sheriff’s Office and Polk County prosecutor’s office assisted in the arrest.

The lone suspect is being held on a potential murder charge, the release said.

"This multi-agency follow-up  investigation is continuing, additional search warrant applications have been submitted and coordinated joint investigative efforts are being addressed by the various agencies," the release said.

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The Bolivar Police Department is searching for a suspect after he allegedly shot and killed a man in Bolivar Monday morning.

The suspect is a Hispanic man with a mustache and beard. He has the number 13 tattooed on his face, Bolivar City Administrator Tracy Slagle said.

"He's still at large," she said.

Slagle said officers responded to the 200 block of West Buffalo Street at around 5:30 a.m. Monday, March 23, for shots fired.

When they arrived on scene, they found "a white man deceased on the floor inside the house," Slagle said.

She said the investigation is ongoing.

This article was updated at around 2:30 p.m. with information from the Polk County coroner.

This is a developing news story. Find more updates as they become available at BolivarMoNews.com and future issues of the BH-FP.

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